A FAMILY-OF-EIGHT is battling a deluge of sewage spewing out of their downstairs toilet every time they flush the bog upstairs.
The Hardys’ three-bed council house has been flooded with poo and murky water for more than six weeks – and it’s making the kids seriously ill.
The Hardy family is living in nightmare conditions in their Portsmouth council house
Mouse droppings cover the floors and cupboards while sewage spews out of the toilet
The property is also infested with mice gnawing through their cupboards and leaving droppings in every inch of the place.
Dad Sam said the squalid conditions are not only making his children, aged one to nine, unwell with constant sickness and diarrhoea, but he is also incredibly concerned for his partner Rachel, who is 30 weeks pregnant with their seventh child.
And after six weeks of hell, the 31-year-old is at his “wit’s end” with the council, which he claims is refusing to help.
“The sewage is squirting out from the downstairs toilet all over the floor.
“Every time we use the shower or flush the toilet upstairs, the toilet downstairs will start filling up and sewage will start spewing over and coming out of different pipes.
“Our drain in our back garden is blocked and it’s right next to our back door and that is also leaking sewage.
“My partner and I are constantly having to clear it up. It’s disgusting.”
On top of the human waste and used toilet roll, the property is inundated with mice.
The rodents are not only eating the family’s food, but they are also munching their way through the kitchen cupboards and shelving.
“There are mice and droppings everywhere,” Sam said.
“They are eating through all of the food in the cupboards on a daily basis even though it is locked away.
“It’s happening every single night.”
Despite having to deal with the mess for approaching two months, Sam said the council has “nothing” to help.
This is because he owes £400 after a change in benefits, which he said he is slowly paying back in monthly instalments.
LIVING IN FILTH
“Every time we tell them, all they say is ‘paying your outstanding debt off and we will start doing things for you’,” he said.
“We already live in a tiny house, with one room so small it’s like a closet, and they just don’t want to help, never mind move us.
“We even got social services involved, and my partner’s midwife, and the children’s school also wrote to the council asking them to sort the sewage out.
“But they still haven’t done anything except ask for their money. It’s awful, a joke.”
The dad-of-six also said the authorities have refused to move huge piles of rubbish in their back garden, which has been there for months.
And the council won’t fix a leaking bathroom which sends water into the room below.
The whole ordeal has left Sam and Rachel suffering from depression and anxiety and feeling like they have nowhere to turn.
Their kids, aged one, three, four, five, six and nine, are also in and out of the doctors with health problems their parents blame on the state if their living conditions.
My kids shouldn’t have to live like this.
Sam, who is out of the work at the moment due to his health, said: “We even phoned 111 the other day because we were so worried about our kids.
“They just keep getting ill and we thought it was the sewage and the mice.
“111 said it probably isn’t, but what is it then? I don’t know. They keep getting sickness and diarrhoea.”
A Portsmouth City Council spokesperson said: “The council is not withholding any services and has visited this property on several occasions regarding issues reported by the tenants, and has taken appropriate action.
“We have not been advised of any sewerage issues in the property.
“A housing officer will contact the tenants and arrange to visit the property to investigate the situation.”
Dad Sam said the droppings just keep reappearing
The family home in Southsea, Portsmouth
Sam says the filth is making his six kids sick and he fears for his pregnant partner Rachel
Mice are gnawing away through their cupboards
The rodents are always devouring their food
The boys’ bedroom in the three-bed house
Their back garden is piled high with rubbish Sam claims the council has refused to collect
More mouse droppings under the sink